Redwood 4

Welcome to Redwood 4!
2020 - 2021
Miss Parkes - Class Teacher
Mrs Shaw - Teaching Assistant
Summer 1
Burps, Bottoms and Bile
Come back soon to see our outstanding learning in Summer 1.
Spring 2
Raiders and Traders
This half term, Year 4 have been learning about Vikings and Anglo Saxons. We have been on many adventures with Erik the Viking, made Viking longships inspired by Erik’s Golden Dragon, learnt about Viking Gods and Goddesses and made our own brooches inspired by the Anglo Saxons!

What have we enjoyed in Year 4?

 'I like being back in school because I can see my friends and teachers,' Ellie.


 'I enjoyed making an Anglo-Saxon brooch out of clay,' Henry.


'I enjoyed writing my setting description about the storm,' Faye.


'I enjoyed doing the presentation about Anglo-Saxon artefacts and singing about Loki the Joker,' Evie-Jasmine.


'I enjoyed making a Viking longship in the classroom,' Riley.


 'I enjoyed outdoor PE (hockey),' Ollie.


Home Learning Activities - Spring

To view the home learning choice activities for the autumn term, please click the link below. Remember to upload your home learning to your eSchools page, or bring your learning in to school to share with your class on the stop-off dates, which are: 

25th January

8th February

8th March

29th March

Home Learning – Year 4

Daily Lessons for Absent Pupils

-If you are absent from school, please follow the link below to complete your daily lessons.  

-Always begin the daily lessons from ‘Monday’, no matter which day your first day of absence falls on. This will ensure the lessons are taught in sequence and you understand what is being taught.

Additonal Lessons to Support Year 4 Learning


Community Care -

I Roll with my Role - 

We are a Jigsaw -   

Help is on Hand - 


Go to and watch the following video about Vikings: 

  • Who were the Vikings? 
  • How did the Vikings Fight? 
  • Viking Traders and Explorers 
  • What was Life Like in Viking Britain?  
  • What Happened to the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings?  


Learn about our religion for this half term, Judaism, on BBC Bitesize. 


Get a head start on your learning for the summer term, with these online lessons: 

What are organs and Why do we Need Them? 

What are the major Bones in the Body? 


Visit Purple Mash to practise our French learning with a variety of activities 


Winter Wish Lists - Reading for Pleasure

At Birchwood, we have been working extremely hard to promote the power and enjoyment of reading for our children, as we know that being a successful reader is one of the key indicators to future success in life.

We pride ourselves on nurturing skilful and enthusiastic readers within school, providing children with memorable experiences such as exciting activities. Although we work diligently to promote reading within school, we value your support greatly in creating a positive reading culture at home; it is vital that children are encouraged to read high quality texts.

At the moment, we know that many of us are spending more time indoors than we normally would, providing our children with even more opportunities to read for pleasure in the comfort of their own home. For this reason, we have compiled a list of inspiring, excellent books for both you and your child to enjoy – both independently and as a shared reading book. On this list you will find some children’s classics, as well as some new bestselling books, and some award winning texts which have been celebrated widely within the reading community. We have selected these books to cater for a variety of reading tastes, and we have included books ranging from wild adventure stories, spooky ghost tales, books which celebrate diversity and difference, and those which promote kindness and emotional wellbeing.

Please click below to view your child's Winter Wish List. 

Autumn 2
Emperors and Empires

This half term, Year 4 are learning about the Romans. Here are some of the facts we have learnt so far:


‘I have learned that Boudicca was a British warrior queen,’ Lauren


‘The Romans conquered lots of countries.’


‘I have learnt that the Romans were very brutal!’ Paige


‘Boudicca means ‘victory,’ Romee-Lea


‘Boudicca is believed to have poisoned herself so that she didn’t get captured by the Romans,’ Tyler


‘Roman soldiers had to pay for their stuff, even the armour that they wear!’ Henry


‘I have learnt that the Romans built straight roads.’


‘A woman called Boudicca led the Iceni tribe,’ Matilda


‘The Romans were successful because of their strong battle formations.’


To start our learning journey this half term, a Roman soldier in full armour introduced the children to the day to day life of Roman in Britain. We experienced a detailed examination and try-on session of a legionary’s kit, and had the chance to explore world-class artefacts. Children explored the Roman conquest of Britain, and the incredible stories of Caratacus and Boudicca. After all of this, children performed some marching and shield drills (in Latin), and then explored a Roman bath house and a games arena. Children finished the day with some Roman stories and games! 

Autumn 1
Misty Mountain, Winding River 

King of the Cloud Forests

At the start of term, Year 4 found Ashley’s backpack on the school field containing lots of things such as photographs, interesting drawings and maps of China and Japan. We used our detective and inference skills to think about why Ashley might have these things in his bag.

A few weeks in, we are now on an adventure through the snowy Himalayas with Ashley and his new friends - a group of yetis!


What are Redwood enjoying about Year 4 so far?

‘I like my new teachers and our theme of rivers and mountains,’ Romee-Lea.


‘I’ve liked being back in school because I have really nice teachers and they help me whenever I need it. I’ve liked all the work because the teachers always make it fun,’  Henry.


‘I liked the Maths maze investigation,’ Tommy.


‘I’ve enjoyed Year 4 so far because I like my teachers and teaching assistant. I liked writing the story in English,’ Paige.


‘I like school because I can play with my friends and learn and do fun activities,’ Kye.


‘I love school in general, but I also love seeing all my friends. I also love my new teachers and the new year because that gives me a chance to make a new impression,’ Matilda.


‘I’ve enjoyed coming back to school to see my friends and getting back into my school routine. I really like English,’ Lauren.


‘I have enjoyed seeing my friends and the freestyle football in PE,’ Troy.


‘I have enjoyed being back at school with my friends because I love learning new things,’ Rory.

Welcome to Oak 3!
2019 - 2020
Mrs Atkins/Mrs Bayliss - Class Teachers
Mrs Faultless - Teaching Assistant
 Hi Oak 3! 

Hi everyone!

We hope you are all looking after yourselves and staying safe.

We absolutely can't wait to see you next week.  If you can't make it into school please send any work to Mrs Williams - we would love to see pictures!

Below is your home learning for this week.

We have also included some other websites and exciting activities you may want to try under this message.

Remember we love to see the learning you are completing at home. Keep sending photos of you completing your tasks to to go on the 'Staying Connected' page on the website.

Keep smiling and stay safe!  We will see you all soon, 

Mrs. Atkins, Mrs. Bayliss, Mrs. Faultless and Mrs. Davis


In lieu of any opportunities for competition, or skill development, School Games have teamed up with TopYa! to provide a platform for schools parents and teachers to recommend and even track activity levels. 

 Children practise the challenges, then submit their best video using a mobile device to receive personal coaching feedback from the TopYa! team of experienced virtual coaches. Points are earned for each video submitted, leading to climbing leaderboards and winning prizes!

To access the app follow the following instructions.

  • Download the TopYa! Active app from the App Store or Google Play
  • Create your parent account
  • When prompted to enter an Invite Code enter 23880 and then choose Primary School League
  • Then create your kid(s) account(s)
  • Let them work on the activities on their own device or film and upload videos from your device on their behalf! Local area page: 
  • Twitter @schoolgames_nw


Your children might be in lockdown, but their imaginations don’t have to be.

With now>press>play At Home, your children can access 21 Audio Adventures, complete with follow on resources. Whether it’s the Arctic, Ancient Egypt or a Mission to Mars, our Audio Adventures will transport your children to another world.  Password: nowpressplay


Remember STAY SAFE online too.  Visit


Below are some web site links to help you stay active...

Join Emma and James from Embody every morning with 'Wake Up and Dance' Classes from 9:00 - 9:10am. 

Helping to keep everyone happy, active and energised!


PE with Joe every morning at 9am


Remember to go onto Skoolbo to complete your daily tasks and continue to learn your times tables using TTrockstars.

If you have any queries regarding Learning by Questions please contact Mrs V Smith -


We have enjoyed having you all in our class this year, even though it was cut a little short,  and wish you the very best of luck for next year when you move to year 4. Have a lovely summer break. Stay safe and keep smiling!
Spring 2
Tales of the Unexpected
Spring 1
Tribal Tales
Autumn 2
Underground, Overground
Take One Author - Aaran Becker
Journey by Aaron Becker

A picture adventure book to invoke the imaginations of the children in Year 3! We have chosen this book to allow the children to develop their inference skills, apply their own ideas to interpret this glorious book applying a range of English genres along the way.

We will follow a little girl (who the class have named Josephine) on a magical adventure of her own making, encouraging our children to imagine her feelings and thoughts throughout.

Aaron Becker is a famous illustration author who has produced many wordless books. Captivating children and adults by the turn of each page.
Autumn 1
Lost in the USA
Oak 3 took time out to reflect on their learning for this half term.

'In English, I really liked writing the story about Snow White in Texas,' Paige.

'In Maths, all of the calculations are challenging and help me learn,' Henry.

'I loved it when we wrote our trip advisor page about Texas,' Rory.

'In Maths, I like adding and subtracting using the new column method that we have just learnt,' Ollie.

'In one of our Maths lessons, I enjoyed using Now Press Play because I really liked the investigation,' Matilda.

In English, I really like working on getting my writing neat,' Zak.

'In Maths, I really like adding and subtracting bigger numbers,' Lacey

'In Guided Reading, I liked answering questions about Donald Trump,' Cassidy.

'I loved it when we were learning about Texas because it was fun,' Riley.

'I loved it when we started learning about America because I have found it interesting finding out about all the places,' Troy.

'I like English because I like learning about new things,' Romee-Lea.

'I like learning about Larry the dog,' Eva.

'I like listening to all of the Larry Gets Lost stories because they are really funny,' William.

'I like Maths because I have enjoyed doing the Texas booklets, Evie-Jasmine.

'In Maths, I liked learning the column method because I can now add and subtract faster,' Ollie.

'In Guided Reading, I enjoy answering questions,' Faye.

'I like English because I like putting my ideas down,' Lauren.


Welcome to Juniper 2!
2018 - 2019
Miss Noctor - Class Teacher
Mrs Whitlock - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Oh The Places You'll Go
Summer 1
Street Detectives
Take One Author - Roald Dahl 
Spring 2
Fiery Flames
On Tuesday Year 2 travelled back to 1666 when they visited Blakesley Hall to learn about Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London. All of Year 2 had a brilliant time exploring the house, dressing up as people from Tudor times, including King Charles II, Samuel Pepys and Jane (Samuel Pepys' servant) and learning all about how the Great Fire of London started. The children also had the opportunity to write using a quill and ink, look at artefacts, build a house and complete brass rubbings. During lunch the children were able to play with toys of the time, they thoroughly enjoyed racing on their horse. A great day was had by all and all the children were at their Birchwood' best.
Fire! Fire! London's burning! Juniper 2 are travelling back in time to solve the mystery about how The Great Fire of London started using evidence from Samuel Pepys' diary to discover more about London at this time. Have you ever considered roaring, ferocious fire breathing dragons may know more than we think? Was it all their fault?


'I can't believe a dragon has landed on our playground,' Tyler.


'I'm going to tell my mum and dad we have to get to school extra early in the morning to see if we can see the dangerous dragon,' Alfie.


'I loved tasting the different types of bread they might have baked in the bakery,' Millie.


Spring 1
On the Ocean Wave
Year 2 had a Skype conversation with the authors, Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler, of the book they are reading "Sam Silver Undercover Pirate Skeleton Island". The authors got the children to guess what was in the pirate sack by giving them clues, the children were able to ask the authors questions and finally Year 2 were lucky enough to have an extract from one of their books read to them by the authors themselves! Year 2 loved it and now can't wait to write more stories using all the tips they have learnt!
Ahoy There! It’s time to set sail with Captain Redblood himself and join his pirate crew. Do you have what it takes to become one of his shipmates? Join Sam Silver to travel back in time to explore what life as a pirate on the open sea was really like and discover more about these famous pirate’s and their Caribbean home.


'I can't believe pirates still exist today!' Troy.


'A cutlass is a pirates favourite weapon because the pistols don't work when they get wet!' Riley.


'I would hate to be a pirate! I wouldn't like to eat Sauerkaut, Bone Soup or Hard Tack!   Romee-Lea.


'It was our job to melt the ice and save Captain Redblood's treasure,' Kye.


'It was very exciting when we found Redblood's chest,' Amy.


Autumn 2
The Enchanted Forest
Our mysterious book character, Jub, is proud of her unusual job, to collect Happy Endings from the enchanted woodland ready for children’s bedtime stories.  We join her in her woodland habitat learning about the creatures we meet, the changes to the seasons and the effects on the wildlife living there.  We will capture images and collect artefacts to make our own texts and to help Jub find her own Happy Ending.
'Jub had six fingers!' Millie.
 'Nocturnal animals sleep in night and are awake in the day,' Ollie.
 'We met Fidget the fox. He is a nocturnal animal,' Georgina.
Autumn 1
Into the Lion's Den
Welcome to Hazel 1!
Mrs Webb - Class Teacher
Mrs Dow - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Where The Wild Things Are
As apart of their new theme, 'Where The Wild Things Are', year one had a visit from the Wild Encounters team.  We learned about lots of different wild animals such as giant millipedes, fat tailed gerbils, tarantulas, meerkats and many more.  During the session the children had an opportunity to handle the creatures and ask questions.  Everyone agreed it was one of their favourite experiences so far.
'My favourite was the scorpion because they are deadly.' Kye
'I liked it when the meerkat sniffed up my nose and it tickled.' Millie
Summer 1
Year 1 visited Stafford castle on Friday.  We dressed up as knights and ladies from the castle, made lavender bags to make ourselves smell sweeter, minted our own coins, charged the Keep, defended the castle and learned a lot about the historical evidence and clues that made knowing these facts possible.
Year 1 will be covering our Take One Author, Julia Donaldson, and also castles.
"On Monday we read lots and lots of Julia Donaldson books with our friends.  They were amazing.  We are going to write to her and she is going to help us write stories," Troy.
"We all brought in our castles on Monday and looked at each others.  We are finding out about castles because the Lord and Lady of Stafford have invited us to their castle," Tyler.
Spring 2 
This half term we will be covering our theme No Place Like Home.
In RE this half term we explored the origins of the Purim festival.  It is a Jewish celebration which is based on the story of Esther.  We retold the story and made grapers (a shaker) to develop our understanding.

In science, we investigated the question; What can our hands do?  We discovered that they can identify different sizes, textures, temperatures and weights.

In Literacy, we used the 'Now Press Play' resources to follow a fairy tale mystery story.  We were the main character and had to help put back all the full stops and capital letters to help save our favourite fairy tales.